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Every Song in Cats, Ranked by Singability

Updated August 6, 2019 4.4k votes 705 voters 19.7k views26 items

List RulesVote up the songs in Cats you just can't get out of your head (not that you want to).

If you're a musical-loving cat person with a taste for all things weird and wonderful, chances are you're more than familiar with the Cats soundtrack. With lyrics based on a book of poetry by T.S. Elliot, it's no surprise songs from the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical are particularly elegiac and may even teach you a few new vocabulary words. While the question of who will end up in the Heaviside Layer hangs over the Jellicle Ball, Cats is less plot and more anthology - each individual cat telling the audience their backstory. While everyone knows "Memory" - famously recorded by Barbra Streisand - some of the best songs in Cats tell humorous anecdotes about railway cats, curious cats, and chubby cats. Here, you'll find all the Cats songs ranked by singability. 
 

Cats begins with the jovial "Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats," in which Jellicle cats are described as everything from "practical" to "rabbinical."  “The Naming of Cats” then lets people know how names are assigned in this particular feline world. Songs like “The Rum Tum Tugger, “Grizabella: The Glamour Cat,” and “Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer” give individual characters backstories. 
 

Pretend you're compiling a Cats playlist for a Broadway singalong. What are the best songs in Cats to include? Cast your vote below to help decide! 

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  • 1
    Memory
    357
    122
  • 2
    Mr. Mistoffelees
    292
    91

    Mr. Mistoffelees

  • 3
    Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat
    184
    56

    Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat

  • 4
    Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats
    171
    50

    Prologue: Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats

  • 5
    The Rum Tum Tugger
    222
    86

    The Rum Tum Tugger

  • 6
    Macavity: The Mystery Cat
    202
    76

    Macavity: The Mystery Cat

  • 7
    Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer
    179
    65

    Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer

  • 8
    The Jellicle Ball
    102
    48

    The Jellicle Ball

  • 9
    The Old Gumbie Cat
    101
    50

    The Old Gumbie Cat

  • 10
    Grizabella: The Glamour Cat
    103
    53

    Grizabella: The Glamour Cat

  • 11
    The Journey to the Heaviside Layer
    82
    41

    The Journey to the Heaviside Layer

  • 12
    Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town
    94
    57

    Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town

  • 13
    Old Deuteronomy
    96
    60

    Old Deuteronomy

  • 14
    Gus: The Theatre Cat
    84
    52

    Gus: The Theatre Cat

  • 15
    The Song of the Jellicles
    80
    55

    The Song of the Jellicles

  • 16
    Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Reprise)
    67
    47

    Grizabella: The Glamour Cat (Reprise)

  • 17
    The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball
    67
    49

    The Invitation to the Jellicle Ball

  • 18
    Memory (Prelude)
    59
    45

    Memory (Prelude)

  • 19
    Finale: The Ad-Dressing of Cats
    60
    49

    Finale: The Ad-Dressing of Cats

  • 20
    The Naming of Cats
    57
    56

    The Naming of Cats

  • 21
    Gus: The Theatre Cat (Reprise)
    50
    52

    Gus: The Theatre Cat (Reprise)

  • 22
    The Moments of Happiness
    45
    46

    The Moments of Happiness

  • 23
    The Awefull Battle of The Pekes and the Pollicles
    57
    62

    The Awefull Battle of The Pekes and the Pollicles

  • 24
    Macavity Fight
    34
    50

    Macavity Fight

  • 25
    Growltiger's Last Stand
    36
    52

    Growltiger's Last Stand